The traditional Italian San Remo Festival is going to start tonight. There are six shows altogether over the next days and there will be a final on Saturday night – 11 February. Normally on that final day the representative for Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest is going to be announced. It must not be the winner of the show, as we know from the past, it could also be the second, it depends on the opinion of the committee.
The rules for the San Remo Festival are quite complicated, there is the category “big artists” and also “newcomers”. In each show there will be qualifiers for the big final on Saturday.
The most famous singer will be Al Bano this year. He has strong connections to the ESC, as he participated twice in the duet with Romina Power“We’ll live it all again” 7th place in The Hague 1976 and “Magic o Magic” 7th in Gothenburg in 1985. Furthermore he supported Jane Bogaert with “La Vita cos’é” in Stockholm 2000 as a backing singer. Recently it was reported that Al Bano is in trouble with his health, even if he is still touring in Italy.
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